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Sunday, March 1, 2015


Real photo postcards made on photographic paper leave us a fine record of earlier daily life and historic events.  Some were made by professional photographers and others by hobbyists.  If you are fond of real photo postcards, there is lots of information about them on the internet and other posts in this blog that may interest you.  

Some buyers and dealers confuse postcards that were printed from photographs and those that were developed on actual photographic paper. The quick way to tell the difference is to use a  magnifying glass - the printed cards show dots from the printing process and the true real photo postcards (RPPCs) do not. 

 All the postcards in this post are real photo postcards, all professionally made.  We begin with images of folks taking to the air in studio fantasies where the people are actually behind airplane cutouts and their image is combined with a ground scene by the photographer.  

On the back of the above fantasy, a previous owner has written COLORADO, and I like the busy airshow feeling to the scene below these high-flying women.

These young fellows had themselves photographed in an automobile cutout at a studio where the enterprising photographer included his business name in the street scene backdrop.

This fun fantasy of a lady playing cards with herself was a popular type of souvenir photo at tourist spots.  Done with cleverly-placed mirrors, these multiple image pictures were sometimes done with folks reading newspapers or just sitting at the table with themselves. Dating from the early 1900s, they can be found postmarked from Atlantic City to Russia.   

Here is a dramatic and beautiful fantasy where the photographer has combined images against a black background to make a fantasy image.  One of the most famous of real photo fantasies using this technique is an image of a man with a nude woman on his tie - hard to find, expensive and fabulous.

Another popular fantasy is achieved by people placing their heads on top of cartoon-like prop images.  These can be found dating from the early 1900s through the 1940s.  Here is a cross-over collectible with fellows posing with a drawing that says they are getting cleaned up for the Alaska-Yukon Exposition in Seattle, Washington in 1909. 

A fellow in a fantasy checked suit walks his fantasy bulldog on this postcard - of course, he wears an actual hat and smokes a real cigar.

We end with a fantasy comprised of a big bottle combined with a lovely lady in a tinted lacy gown. Colorful and witty, this real photo postcard of a "love tonic" shows off the photographer's skill at blending images to create a great montage:  Note the way the woman's hand seems to rest on the edge of the bottle's opening! 

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